Cape Town - Jomo Cosmos claimed their first point of the season after
holding Maritzburg United to a goalless draw at the Harry Gwala Stadium on
The home side were almost off to a flyer in the opening minutes when Kurt Lentjies sliced a loose ball
across the face of goal, much to the relief of the visiting players.
before the 10-minute mark, Sono jnr pounced on a defensive miscommunication,
but pulled his rushed shot wide of the mark.
Five minutes later Pentjie Zulu
almost put the visitors ahead as he produced a solid strike that bounced
off the woodwork.
The Team of Choice were struggling against a determined Cosmos outfit, but
captain Ashley Hartog came close in the final minutes of the half before
Lentjies flashed another effort across goal.
Fortune Makaringe almost put the hosts ahead straight after the restart, but the
midfielder pushed his header just wide of the target.
The urgency of both sides began to pick up as the half progressed and Hartog
had a good shot parried away to safety by Sherwyn Naicker in the 76th minute.
Substitute Bamuza Sono responded with a shot of his own, but Virgil Vries
was aware and palmed the ball away to keep the scores level.
Mxolisi Macuphu wasted a great chance to put the PSL newcomers ahead in the
77th minute, but his final effort lacked the required venom.
United upped the tempo in the dying moments of the encounter, but David Booysen
failed to convert a glorious opportunity with two minutes to go.